What is your favourite colour Littmann stethoscope ?

With all the lovely new colours available now in the Littmann stethoscopes we thought it would be interesting to take a poll on which colours you like best.

Let us know which colours you like best by e-mailing us, or leaving a comment here

Send us your Littmann stethoscope reviews and we will publish them here on our medical blog

See our full range of stethoscopes at Valuemed UK

MDF stethoscope choices how do they compare ?

MDF instrumnets inc

MDF instruments is one of the largest and best regarded manufacturing brand in North America, The MDF instrument range includes not only a comprehensive range of stethoscopes but other diagnostic testing and medical equipment including sphygmomanometers, reflex hammers and other clinic diagnostics.

The manufacturing quality and design of the MDF medical equipment range is second to none within the price range of the model line up. A basic single tube lite stethoscope such as the MDF 727 stethoscope range are compact models commonly found on wards and clinic as stock items for general use. The tube thickness of these smaller units is considerably thinner than the comparable MDF 747 stethoscope or MDF 777 stethoscope which are much better suited to clinical auscultation of heart and respiratory sounds. The head sets are also smaller on 727 stethoscopes and the ear tips are firm and non fitting. This is fine for general clinic use including BP ausculation as the sound quality is perfectly adequate and the stethoscopes are not going to be worn for long periods. The firm vinyl ear tips can also be sterilised when in general use.

For Doctors and nurse practitioners requiring a better quality but still pocket size stethoscope then the entry level should be the MDF 747XP stethoscope.

Not full size but with great quality tubing and full size adult chest piece and head set the 747XP stethoscope is superb value for money and will remain perfectly adequate for most hospital doctor and GP general examination needs. The construction is first rate and the stethoscope is available in a wide range of tube colours and comes with name tags and spares included.

Next up in the mdf range is the MDF 777 stethoscope, full-size doctors stethoscope.

The manufacturing and finish are superb as is the presentation of the full retail box packaging. The MDF 777 stethoscope is the staple ER room choice in the states and is every bit as good as its comparable leading stethoscope brands such as the Littmann Classic II SE and Spirit AW stethoscope

Hb Haemoglobin testing system and anaemia meter from Mission

 Anaemia meter hb check anaemia test

The latest innovation in near patient testing available via Value-Med medical supplies  & home testing kits is the Mission Hb Haemoglobin testing system for detecting anaemia for monitoring haemoglobin levels without the need for a full laboratory blood sample and test.

The Mission digital anaemia meter starter packs come complete with everything needed to complete a series of 25 tests.

 Refill tests strips, capillary transfer tubes and lancets are available for the digital Hb meters which come with full instructions, batteries and a soft pouch storage case.

The meter requires just 10ul blood sample from a capillary finger prick, the same sampling method used for diabetic testing, and the lancets can be automated using the auto lancing device, spring loaded lancet holders with a pre-set depth setting for low pain, minimum trauma sampling.

Refill test strips are available in packs of 50 and each pack is supplied with a unique code chip which is fitted to the meter when the new test strips are first used. The Mission HB Haemoglobin Test meter system gives reliable fast test results and is CE and FDA certified as both a self test and professional diagnostic test product. This makes the Mission HB Haemoglobin Test meter suitable for individuals needing a home test kit system for Hb levels and also clinic and surgery use where an instant Hb result can aid in diagnosis and treatment of anaemia.

Let us know what you think of our new look medical supply website

We have just launched our new look Valuemed website valuemed.co.uk and are keen to know what you think of it

Please let us know by e-mailing us or leaving comments when you place your orders or by leaving comments on this blog. We really welcome your feedback.

We hope that you will find the site easier to navigate.

We will be continueing to improve the site over the coming weeks so watch this space.

We have a special 10% discount coupon active on the new Value-Med site only until the end of July 2011

The 10% discount coupon code is VMED & 1st class UK Delivery is currently free

Please do get in touch and post in comments to let us know how you find the new ValueMed website

Littmann Cardiology iii Copper Edition Stethoscope

Value-med promotions for summer 2011 include special editions of the ever-popular Littmann Cardiology iii Stethoscope including the copper edition.

This special edition Littmann Cardiology 3 Copper edition is supplied boxed in original manufacturers packs with free heart sound data card (available while stocks last).

The Littmann Cardiology iii Copper Edition stethoscope costs £110.00 ex vat with free priority UK delivery when purchased through the Littmann stethoscope highlights promotion section for Littmann Cardiology 111 stethoscope here

Would you like to be a guest contributor on our medical blog ?

We are currently looking for guest contributors to this medical blog. Are you a medical student, an expert in a particular medical field or do you have personal experience of a medical condition. If so please do get in touch-we would love to hear from you.

You can write about anything related to medicine, and post links to other relevant medical websites.

If you would like to be a guest blogger please do get in touch by e-mail to kate@adtuk.co.uk or by posting in comments and we will contact you.

Applying to medical school – Where do I start?

Both of my parents went through UK medical school and went on to become GPs and their accounts of the application process made it seem frankly easy, indeed my dad got in with A level grades: BCC. So I relaxed myself on the notion that I would get in with no trouble at all – what could have changed in just 30 years?

How wrong we were. Competition for places has increased so dramatically, with nearly all applicants with at least AAA at A level and a long and impressive list of both work experience and voluntary work in the medical related field. Ive been told that they don’t even consider you unless you`ve done a lot of voluntary work.

Im currently in Year 12 so will be entering university in September 2012 and applying in a couple of months. I have at present done no work experience or voluntary work in the field, except for the work experience I did through school which was at the local dentists – so slightly related. So I went onto the www.do-it.org  – which is an absolutely fabulous website and Iive now got an interview tomorrow to see whether I’ll be suitable for a voluntary placement with a charity that looks after people who have just been discharged from hospital. So all smiles on that front.

As for work experience im hopefully going to do some over the summer holidays. My parents are no longer GPS but my uncle is a consultant at Edinburgh hospital. So theres a possibility I might be able to go there. If not I might just go to our local general practice.

Now onto another aspect of application – entrance exams. The medical schools I wish to apply for are: Oxford (would be absolutely lovely to get into this one), Imperial, UCL, Durham and Liverpool. I was going to apply to Warwick but I dont think they accept undergraduates for medicine. Now for Oxford, Imperial and UCL I need to sit and do well in the BMAT, whilst for Durham I need to sit the UKCAT and Liverpool mercifully requires no entrance exam. When researching this I thought for a while that I was also goiug to have to sit the 6 hour GAMSAT exam, but thankfully thats for graduate entry only. The BMAT seems quite easy, but the UKCAT has some really bizarre sections in it, one requires you to interpret codes and the other is abstract reasoning. Anyway I’m sitting that in July and have bought a practise book.

I havn`t even considered interviews yet – that will be a future hurdle.